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MINNNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Maple Leafs cruise over Minnesota

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TORONTO, ONTARIO --Toronto's Mason Raymond scored twice to back 37 saves from goaltender James Reimer as the Maple Leafs cruised past the Wild 4-1 in Ontario last night. Tyler Bozak and Trevor Smith both scored first period goals for Toronto, which has won three straight and leads the NHL with 12 points. Jason Pominville scored his third goal of the year for the Wild, who had won their previous three. Darcy Kuemper allowed three goals on seven shots in 32-plus minutes of action before giving way to Josh Harding, who stopped all six shots he faced the rest of the way. Minnesota controlled the puck much of the game and outshot the Leafs 38-to-14, but it wasn't enough to overcome Toronto's efficiency. The loss snapped a three-game Wild winning streak, while Toronto has won six of its first seven gams this season. Minnesota is off today and plays at Tampa Bay tomorrow night.

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Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier says a decision on his starting quarterback for Monday's game at the New York Giants could come today. Frazier says all three signal callers are healthy, so it is a matter of which guy the coaching staff feels will play the best. Christian Ponder began the season as a the starting Q-B, but went 0-and-3 and suffered a rib injury. Matt Cassell started the last two games and is 1-and-1. Josh Freeman was signed off of the waiver wire and the former Tampa Bay quarterback is trying to learn the Vikings playbook. Minnesota visits the Giants for Monday Night Football.

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Still needing production from their beleaguered ground game, the New York Giants are working out running backs. The Giants brought in former Giants D.J. Ware and Ryan Torain and former Brown Peyton Hillis on Tuesday. David Wilson is out with a neck injury, Brandon Jacobs has a bad hamstring and Da'Rel Scott was waived. The Giants host Minnesota on Monday.

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University of Minnesota acting head football coach Tracy Claeys says redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner of Lakeville will get the start when the Golden Gophers visit Northwestern on Saturday. Claeys also says he's asked the offensive coaches to get an early series for sophomore Phillip Nelson of Mankato at Q-B so he can get a feel for the game. Both the Gophers and Wildcats are 4-and-2 overall and 0-and-2 in the Big Ten Conference. Saturday's game kicks off at 11 a.m.

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Minnesota State-Mankato is the new No. 1 team in this week's national NCAA Division II football poll. The 6-and-0 Mavericks moved up to the top perch after previously-ranked top team Voldosta State lost last week. Minnesota-Duluth is ranked No. 9 in the nation, while St. Cloud State is 25th. MSU-Mankato plays at Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday night. Minnesota-Duluth is at Minot State on Saturday. While St. Cloud State visits U-Mary.

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Several cross country runners have been honored this week for their production over the weekend. Minnesota State-Mankato senior Devin Allbaugh of Bettendorf, Iowa is the NSIC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week. He won an event in Mankato last weekend. U-Mary senior Jennifer Agnew of Onamia is the NSIC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week for the second time this season. She won an event in Montana, setting a course record in the process. St. Catherine junior Ailee Larson of Lutsen won her second straight MIAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week Award. She was the top MIAC runner at an event in St. Paul last weekend. And, Hamline senior Colin Rogers of River Falls, Wisconsin is the men's MIAC honoree after winning the St. Kate's Invitational.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are off until Sunday They will head to Montreal to battle the Boston Celtics at the Bell Centre. Minnesota is 2-and-2 in preseason play following Saturday's 104-97 home loss to the Toronto Raptors. Head coach Rick Adelman was not happy with Saturday's game and put the team through a spirited workout yesterday. The T'wolves have three more exhibition games before opening the regular season against the Orlando Magic on October 30th at the Target Center.

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Today (Wed) and tomorrow are the last days you can take an on-line survey about whether parts of Highway 210 through Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth should be rebuilt. Sections east of popular Oldenburg Point remain washed out after summer 2012's severe floods. Andy Hubley with the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission says even though a number of people like to drive through the park -- and though it's extremely popular with motorcyclists -- average daily traffic volume is very low for a MN-DOT highway. Hubley adds there were wash-out problems with Highway 210 even before the floods of two summers ago. To take the survey, visit arrowheadplanning-dot-org and click on "Highway 210 Jay Cooke."

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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